Several police chiefs who were asked about La Línea say that Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the Lord of the Heavens (El Señor de los Cielos), did not use the terminology. That was an idea of his brother Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, who inherited the command of the Juarez Cartel upon the death of the boss in 1997.
The terminology has been in used in Juarez for three or four years now, especially in the underworld.
"Intially I do not know what it was," said a policeman named Victor. "I joined the department two years ago, and I had never heard the word. Until one day during a check point a man from a van said: I'm from La Linea, and a colleague told me that we had to let him go. We let him passed unchecked. "
Victor had asked his companion what that word meant, and was told some mysterious explanation. "They are the bosses of the main plaza. They are called La Línea." Since then officer Victor, lets them pass and lets them walk at will all over the city.
A few months ago, officer Victor learned of an incident that heppened to a police friend of his who was humiliated by La Línea. "My friend had arrested some armed men, but later they came back to see him. They took out their AK-47's (cuernos de chivo) and had him get on his knees. They put the assault rifles to his head and told him never to mess with La Línea. The next time you die. "
Since that day, Victor does not dare lay an eye on them.